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Multinational Companies, Technology Spillovers and Plant Survival

In: MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISES AND HOST COUNTRY DEVELOPMENT

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  • Holger Görg
  • Eric Strobl

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How does the presence of multinational companies affect plant swvival in the host country? We postulate that multinational companies can impact positively on plant swvival through technology spillovers. We examine the nature of the effect of multinationals using a Cox proportional hazard model, which we estimate using plant-level data for Irish manufacturing industries. Our results show that the presence of multinationals has a life-enhancing effect only on indigenous plants in high-tech industries, suggesting the presence of technology spillovers. In contrast, multinationals compete with each other in low-tech sectors in the host country.

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  • Holger Görg & Eric Strobl, 2016. "Multinational Companies, Technology Spillovers and Plant Survival," World Scientific Book Chapters,in: MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISES AND HOST COUNTRY DEVELOPMENT, chapter 16, pages 289-303 World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
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    Keywords

    Multinational Enterprises; Foreign Direct Investment; Spillovers; Development; Host Country;

    JEL classification:

    • F6 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization
    • F0 - International Economics - - General
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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